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CSBK 2019 - Final Mopar Pro Superbike race from CTMP

The 2019 CSBK season provided some of the most exciting racing action in recent memory. While the season may be over, the team at CSBK has made it possible to relive all the moments of the 2019 season on their csbk.ca website and YouTube channel. Here is the final Pro Superbike race. Enjoy!

Monday, 19 August 2019 08:28 Published in Multimedia


Riedmann takes photo-finish victory in season finale at CTMP as just 0.031 separates top three

Bowmanville, ON – August 11, 2019 – For the second consecutive season, Kenny Riedmann will exit the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship with a victory in the final race, winning a thrilling Mopar Pro Superbike battle after a photo-finish result at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10RR rider showed his determination early on after crashing out on Saturday, grabbing the holeshot and leading in the early stages with a nine-rider group following close behind. His lead wouldn’t last long, as race one winner Samuel Trepanier later took over the top spot and entered the final lap poised to win his second consecutive race.

Despite stretching that lead slightly, Trepanier came under pressure in the final corner and ran in too deep, colliding with Riedmann on the front straight before a drag race to the finish line between the two and fellow rival Jordan Szoke.

With official timing showing just 0.031 seconds separating the top three, CSBK officials decided to confirm the results with video replay, which showed Riedmann just narrowly defeating Trepanier for his second career Pro Superbike win.

Official protests were filed by two competitors following the controversial finish, though the protest was rejected with the results finalized post-race. These results are still subject to appeal, which would be determined in conjunction with the Motorcycle Confederation of Canada tribunal.

As for Riedmann, the Belfountain, ON rider will end his season ninth in the championship despite making just his second appearance of the year, as he became the fourth different winner of the 2019 campaign – the most in one season since 2013.

“It feels good to be up here. It’s always fun to come back and battle with these guys up front, and Kawasaki was a huge help in putting this together for us,” Riedmann said. “That was definitely one of the more aggressive races I’ve been a part of, and it got a little sketchy at the end, but it’s always nice to put on a good show for all the fans that come out to support us.”

It was double the disappointment for Trepanier on Sunday, who not only missed out on the victory by a hair length but was also penalized five championship points for failing to have the proper series stickers on his bike. Nevertheless, it was a solid weekend for the Blysk Racing BMW S1000RR rider, who will end his year just 20 points behind Szoke for second in the overall standings.

“It’s awesome to see a good race for all the fans. I actually had a really ugly start and thought I might have to settle for seventh or something, but I was able to work my way up and move to the front one by one,” Trepanier said. “I just didn’t have the same pace as yesterday, and I ran a bit wide onto the front straight which really killed my drive, but the BMW was working amazing all weekend and I’m super happy with the results.”

The all-out war at the front of the pack was so close that even Szoke was under the impression he had won, though the 13-time National champion ultimately settled for third aboard his Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki in what was a merciful end to a tough season for the 41-year old veteran.

“They came together and hit on the front straight, and I actually thought I had it. It was a flashback to when I beat Claudio Corti and Kenny a few years back, but I guess I didn’t get it this time,” Szoke said. “The whole Kawasaki program has been great this year, I’ve just cost them with some of my own mistakes, but that’s racing and you don’t win them all. The good part is, it always feel sweeter to get it back the next year.”

Szoke can take solace in knowing he at least beat rival Ben Young, who failed to reach the podium for the first time this season after wrapping up his first National championship on Saturday. The champion entering 2020 was feeling the effects of a Saturday morning crash, but was still able to score a top-five finish aboard his Liqui Moly/Barrie Trim BMW.

Rounding out the top five in his brief return to the CSBK series was fan-favourite Alex Welsh, who debuted the 2020 BMW S1000RR machine this weekend with successful results, as the BMW program looks to build upon its success with Young and Trepanier entering 2020.

It was also an inspiring end to the season for rising star Tomas Casas, who faded towards the end to finish sixth but ran inside the top-three early on, even making passes on Szoke and Trepanier, among others. The Parts Canada Yamaha rider will end his first year aboard a Superbike machine in fourth in the overall standings, as he will enter 2020 poised to join the championship fight alongside his older counterparts.

The Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year award officially went to 17-year old phenom Nicolas Meunier, who will end the year tenth overall aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki sport bike after finishing 15th out of 34 entries on Sunday.

Will Hornblower wrapped up his first ever National championship in thrilling fashion on Sunday, finishing in third after a dramatic three-way battle with rivals Casas and Sebastien Tremblay that went start-to-finish with a number of lead changes in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class.

The final lead change would ultimately go to Tremblay, who completed the doubleheader sweep aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki, though Hornblower understandably dominated the attention after bringing home the title aboard his Bickle Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.

Though his third-place result was actually his worst finish of the year, finishing top-two in every other race, Hornblower was the only rider in any of the five National classes to finish on the podium in every single contest.

“I’m blown away, it’s just so amazing…I’m speechless,” said an emotional Hornblower. “I wanted to bring it home at the top of the podium, but I had to look at the bigger picture. I knew these guys wanted it badly, so I just had to ride my own pace like I have all year, and now I’m walking out of here with a championship.”

Tremblay’s win put an end to what was a difficult season for the Mirabel, QC veteran, who was able to salvage third in the overall standings despite a pair of controversial crashes early in the season.

“It was a really great race. The pace was faster than yesterday right from the start, so I had to work hard to save the tire,” Tremblay said. “My Kawasaki was just perfect all weekend, so it’s unfortunate to not be battling for the title, but it’s nice to end the season running really well.”

As for Casas, the 20-year old fan-favourite was unable to capture a third consecutive championship in the Sport Bike category, but was happy to come away with a strong finish after an equally frustrating start to the year.

“What a fun race! My Parts Canada Yamaha was working really well as always, but I just couldn’t get a drive on Sebastien at the end,” Casas said. “Unfortunately, my mistake in round one cost a real shot at the championship, but Will was so consistent all season and he deserves this. Now I just have to make up for it on the Superbike.”

Hornblower wasn’t the only Yamaha champion of the season, however, as 16-year old Ben LeClair followed in his older brother’s footsteps to claim the TSN Motorcycle Experience Lightweight Sport Bike championship just a year after Jake won the inaugural title.

The bLU cRU Yamaha teenager settled for fourth in the midst of a seven-rider battle for the win, earning himself a new Yamaha YZF-R6 sport bike to ride as an amateur in 2020 courtesy of bLU cRU, as rival Avery Hart secured the race win aboard his WRBF Yamaha machine.

“I wanted to push for a podium, but everyone was so close at the end, I decided to just get in my own space and bring it home,” said LeClair. “This is what we dreamed of since last season, so it feels really awesome. I’m looking forward to hopefully doing the same as an amateur next year.”

Hart held onto the thrilling victory by just a pair of bike lengths over WRBF Yamaha teammate Keegan Gaudet, who will end his year fourth in the overall standings behind fellow teenager Matthew Simpson, who also finished third on Sunday aboard his Evans Racing Honda.

LeClair will ultimately defeat Hart by 20 points, with the hope being that both riders continue their rivalry on bigger machinery next season.

Guillaume Fortin held off a late-season charge from teammate Christian Allard to win the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike championship, finishing third aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki while Allard took second on his Turcotte Performance BMW behind race winner Samuel Guerin.

Guerin and Allard enjoyed a thrilling battle from start to finish, but the former was able to play spoiler in the closing stages aboard his Aprilia RSV4RR, as Fortin will hold on to claim the title by just eleven points over his teammate.

Allard was able to make up for the disappointment in the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike category, however, finishing second aboard his Turcotte Performance Kawasaki to claim the title ahead of rival and reigning Lightweight champion Jake LeClair.

LeClair entered Sunday needing to put some distance between himself and Allard, but once again was upstaged by a dominant effort from race winner Jared Walker and his Kawasaki machine, with Allard finishing second to top the overall standings by 18 points over his 18-year old counterpart.

Chris Dopke will exit the 2019 season as the recipient of the Parts Canada Hard Charger Award, winning a tie-breaker decision over Andy Chilton as both riders scored eight points apiece. The Honda rider showed the largest improvement in lap time from qualifying to the race over the course of the year, earning the second edition of the award which was introduced in 2018.

Full results from the weekend as well as the entire 2019 campaign can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, while results for the still-unofficial Pro Superbike category will be updated in the coming days.

Sunday, 11 August 2019 21:20 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Young, Hornblower win dramatic season openers at SMP

Shannonville, ON – May 19, 2019 – The 2019 Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship got off to a much different start than years past on Sunday, with a pair of dramatic Pro races leading to some first-time championship leaders after round one at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Ben Young completed the weekend sweep in the Mopar Pro Superbike feature class, as the Collingwood, ON rider led every session of round one before leading all 22 laps of the final race aboard his Scot-Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.

Despite his run at the top of the leaderboard, Young was under siege for the entirety of the race, holding off a pair of familiar foes in Kenny Riedmann and four-time defending champion Jordan Szoke.

“It feels really great. We had a great start, but I knew they were behind me the whole way, so I really had to push,” said Young. “It’s nice to see BMW continuing their run of wins here this season, and I’m just honoured to be a part of that, so we’re all looking forward to round two in a few weeks at Grand Bend.”

“I think it’s one of my better tracks, so to go in there with a points advantage over Jordan and Kenny is just a dream come true so far,” he continued.

It was another brilliant ride for Belfountain, ON’s Riedmann, who has now managed to edge his long-time rival in Szoke in back-to-back races after winning the season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, his lone career victory aboard the Sturgess Cycle Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.

“Jordan’s a 13-time champion, so obviously keeping him behind me was never going to be easy, but I was really trying to find a weak spot on Ben to make a pass and just couldn’t find one,” Riedmann said. “He put in a really fast lap at the end that I just couldn’t match, so I’m really glad to be here on the podium and fighting with these guys. It was a lot of fun.”

Szoke will now leave round one without the series lead for the first time in seven seasons, a race he also finished third in, though it was a spirited ride for the Lynden, ON veteran in his debut with the Mopar Express Lane Kawasaki team.

After a massive crash on Saturday morning, Szoke battled through a number of injuries to keep himself within the title fight early on.

“It was a real push to get the bikes together, and I was having a tough time fighting through the pain, so I knew I had to play it smart,” said Szoke. “It was a tough weekend, but the new team is a great fit. It’s not about every race, it’s about the championship, and we’ll be right back up there in round two.”

Taking a career-best result in fourth place was Peterborough, ON youngster Tomas Casas, who was racing aboard a Parts Canada Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike for the first time in his career this weekend, with St. Isidore, QC’s Samuel Trepanier also battling through injury to round out the top five aboard his Blysk Racing BMW.

The top rookie in the Pro Superbike class was Maple, ON’s Ivan Babic, who finished eighth aboard his BMW as he takes an early lead in the Brooklin Cycle Racing Pro Rookie of the Year battle.

It wasn’t as good of a result for Casas in the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike class, however, as a last-lap crash led to the first career Pro victory for Sarnia, ON’s Will Hornblower.

A frequent podium finisher, Hornblower finally managed to overcome a string of bad luck performances to win at SMP aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6.

“It’s really felt like a long time coming,” Hornblower said. “The past six years I’ve come so close, but to finally do it is just unbelievable. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

After running in third for much of the race, Hornblower had the front seat to a crash involving Casas and Mirabel, QC’s Sebastien Tremblay, with Tremblay leading the race at the time aboard his DB Moto Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja.

“Tomas was faster in turn three so he tried to make the pass there, but Sebastien held the line and there was just nothing they could do,” Hornblower explained. “I just kept telling myself ‘you can’t screw this up,’ so I’m not glad they crashed but I’m just really glad I held onto it.”

Casas, the two-time defending champion in the Sport Bike category, will now enter round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex with just four points to Hornblower’s 52.

Also benefitting from the incident was Hamilton, ON’s David MacKay, who ran majority of the race in fourth before finishing in second place aboard his Mack Attack Racing Kawasaki. Rounding out the podium, meanwhile, was Lasalle, QC’s Samuel Desmarais, who had his best career finish aboard his Playground Poker Club Kawasaki.

The TSN Motorcycle Experience Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class also continued its thrilling action from Saturday, as Princeville, NS’s Avery Hart claimed his second career victory aboard a WRBF Racing Yamaha YZF-R3.

After finishing second to Blackstock, ON teenager Ben LeClair in race one on Saturday, Hart was able to get his revenge over his Yamaha counterpart in race two.

“It was well worth the drive up here,” joked Hart. “That first corner really set the tone for the race, and it got really close out there but I was able to hold him off at the end and it was a lot of fun.”

Winning the season opener of the Mopar Express Lane Amateur Superbike category was Markham, ON’s Dave Natale, who narrowly held off the Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja of Guillaume Fortin (Blainville, QC) aboard his Aprilia RSV4 RR.

As for the Parts Canada Amateur Sport Bike class, it was St. Marc-sur-Richelieu, QC’s Christian Allard dominating a shortened race aboard his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja, with Oakville, ON’s Jared Walker finishing second aboard a similar machine.

Walker was also the winner of round one’s Parts Canada Hard Charger award, improving upon his qualifying time by nearly 1.2 seconds in Sunday’s race.

Full results from Sunday’s racing at Shannonville Motorsport Park can be found on the series’ official website at www.csbk.ca, as well as information regarding round two at the Grand Bend Motorplex on June 7-9.

Sunday, 19 May 2019 17:30 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Riedmann grabs first Superbike win, Szoke claims record 13th title in season finale at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, ON – August 12, 2018 – He may not have celebrated it from the podium, but Jordan Szoke managed to do just enough to take home his record 13th Mopar Pro Superbike title at the season finale of the Canadian Superbike Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Sunday, 12 August 2018 18:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Scholtz makes MotoAmerica Superbike History in the rain at Barber

Mathew Scholtz of South Africa made history at Barber Motorsport Park’s final 2017 MotoAmerica round, the Honda Championship of Alabama, with a win for the Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 team.  In a much delayed race with major drainage and traction issues, "“second tier” Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class racer Scholtz (the newly-crowned class Champ) hung on to some wild slides to take the overall, as well as his class, win.

Earlier, Scholtz had crashed in spectacular style heading onto the front straight, a victim of a suddenly increasing rain storm, just as the race was stopped.  After a lengthy, hour-plus delay, the race was re-launched for a third time over 12 laps, rather than the originally-scheduled 21.

Scholtz took the lead from the re-start ahead of Champ Toni Elias on a Yoshimura-Suzuki, but soon veteran Josh Hayes took control on a Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike.  But eventually Hayes was caught by the Broaster Chicken Honda of Jake Gage as well as Elias and Scholtz. 

Gage crashed out of second and the battle for the lead with two laps to go, the Scholtz survived a moment or two out of the saddle to take the win, Elias second (first Superbike) with Hayes (second in Superbike) third overall.  Gagne set the fastest lap of the race.

“I looked back on the second last lap and saw Jake was right there,” explained Scholtz. “So I was just trying to hold him off, focusing on getting the drive so no one could pass me.  I was a little over eager, but I survived, and now I’m really over the moon.”

Pole sitter Roger Hayden (Yoshimura-Suzuki) opted not to take part due to concerns with track conditions, specifically sealer, and third-on-the-grid Josh Herrin pulled into the pits on his Yamaha after the sighting laps.

Veteran Jason DiSalvo was fifth overall and third in Superbike with the WD40-backed BMW – only three of the Feature class bikes made it to the finish!

Hayden Gillim was fourth overall on the “Cycle World” Suzuki, second in Superstock, while Danny Eslick earned sixth overall with his TOBC Racing Yamaha in Motul Superbike, and third in Superstock 1000.

 Mopar Canadian Superbike ace Kenny Riedmann had a rough day, starting with a practice fall Sunday morning due to a technical issue with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja.  Then in the second start for Superbike, he went down in the rain before the race was stopped at the end of the opening lap.

In the final Superbike portion, Riedmann worked through the pack to net a solid ninth overall, sixth in the Superstock category, even though he was nursing a damaged shoulder.    

In the final-ever event of the KTM RC Cup, Quebec’s Alex Dumas wound up sixth at the finish after a wild, sometimes 12 bike strong, slipstreaming battle at the front.  A three bike crash coming out of the final turn on the last lap mixed-up the results, with new KTM Champ Benjamin Smith winning from Gavin Anthony and Sean Ungvarsky.  Next year, the KTM series will be replaced in MotoAmerica by a Lightweight class open to all manufacturers.

“Five wins this season was awesome but this one was really, really special,” said victor Smith.  “These guys were flying, I am so glad I pulled it off and got the Championship.  Overall it was a fantastic season, I have learned so much, the whole series is fantastic, I can’t thank KTM enough.  We’ll go over to Spain and show what we can do.”

MotoAmerica rookie Dumas winds up third overall in the Championship, and also earns a trip to the RC Cup World KTM final event held in conjunction with the World Superbike event in Jerez, Spain, next month.  After a crash in Saturday’s opener, former title contender Dumas ran as high as fourth and as far back as eighth in the lead pack over the course of the race.    

Newly crowned Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec series National Champ Xavier Paradis’ rough weekend in Alabama continued, the teen-ager crashing in the morning warm-up aboard the “Roadracing World” magazine backed wild card KTM RC Cup entry.  In the 11-lap race, Paradis was running at the back of the lead group early when he suffered a spectacular fall in the final turn, ending his first career event in the U.S. after almost-five laps.

In Supersport and Superstock 600 combined class action, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt scored his second podium spot of the weekend, earning third on the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. New Champ Jason Agular took the run away win on the Riderzlaw Yamaha, Nick McFadden second.

“I had some rear grip issues, and a weeper came up on the track,” explained Ortt, referring to track drainage issues caused by recent heavy rains associated with Hurricanes.  “Over some of the hills the bike was a real shit show, but really there were no major issues, and everyone is battling this heat.

“Conner Blevins (fourth finisher on a Kawasaki) and I really went back and forth,” continued first-year MotoAmerica rider Ortt.  “I saw where he was slower, and I finally made a tight but safe pass in the second-last corner.  It was still tight right to the end.

“We lost the pace of the guys ahead a little bit, there were a few close calls, and we faded back from the leaders.  In the end it worked out.  I don’t know what was going on the first half of the season, but I’ve figured it out – it was a great season, really enjoyed it, and we’ll be making some announcements soon.     

Ortt’s sponsors include Shoei, Cortech, Wolf Custom Homes, Graves Motorsport ands FT-ECU.

In the premier Supersport 600 division, recently-crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff shook off his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha team-mate J.D. Beach to take the win, and speculated on the podium that he would leave the category after five seasons.  M4 Ecstar Suzuki’s Valentin Debise placed third.   

2017 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas sat out Sunday action at Barber, after crashing during Saturday’s 600 class event with the Parts Canada/Dunlop-backed Yamaha YZF-R6.  Casas, who injured his shoulder, was at the track with his arm in a sling, and took advantage of his enforced break to take his team to the famous local motorcycle museum.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:23 Published in News


Hayden Sets Early Superbike Pace for Suzuki at Barber MotoAmerica Finale

The opening day of the Honda Championship of Alabama presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken included the final combined Provisional Pole session for Motul Superbike and Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc machines prior to Saturday’s SuperPole session.  In a busy day in the final 2017 event of the MotoAmerica National series, Yoshimura-Suzuki’s veteran Roger Hayden was quickest with a time of 1:25.97 on the works GSX-R1000 Superbike.

Former Series Champ Josh Herrin, filling in for the injured Cameron Beaubier on the works Monster/Graves Yamaha team, has a strong second outing on the works YZF-R1, placing second best with a lap at 1:26.28.

The top Superstock entry for less-modified 1000cc machines in the second, Friday afternoon session was South African Mathew Scholtz on a Yamaha, third quickest at 1:26.408.  Scholtz has already won the Superstock title for Westby Racing outfit.  Newly crowned overall series Champ Toni Elias was sixth best on the seconds factory Yosh-Suzuki.

Kenny Riedmann made his first career entry in the Superstock category with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja, and wound up 16th overall in the red flag-interrupted afternoon 1000cc session.   Mitch Card, another rising Canadian Pro start racer, was scheduled to compete in the same category as Riedmann with his Yamaha YZF-R1, but a last minute issue with his racing licence meant Card could not enter the MotoAmerica event.

The top 12 riders will advance to the 15-minute final session to establish the front of the Feature race grid, late tomorrow morning, using special soft Dunlop “Q” tires.  The first of the two 1000cc races is scheduled for 3:30 tomorrow, but there have been some delays due to rain seeping through the usually-pristine track surface.  There has been considerable rain in the Birmingham area recently, a left over effect of Hurricane Irma.   

Qualifying for the KTM Cup spec series for single cylinder machines was rescheduled for tomorrow due to the various water control issues with the track.  15-year-old French-Canadian class rookie Alex Dumas is riding a four race win streak in the KTM class, and has a serious shot at the Championship in the final two races this weekend.  Dumas was sixth fastest in the morning session, having run as high as first before he suffered a late crash in his first outing at the track.  He was uninjured.         

Newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas had an encouraging first day as a MotoAmerica competitor, placing his Parts Canada/Dunlop supported Yamaha Canada R6 seventh overall in the “second tier” Supersport and Superstock 600 afternoon Practice with a lap at 1:34.6.

MotoAmerica Series regular Braeden Ortt of Alberta on a Tuned Racing Yamaha R6 was 11th quickest in the Group One session, turning a lap at 1:31.6.  Fastest overall in the combined two 600cc classes was newly crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff aboard a Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R6 at 1:28.18.

“I’m gaining confidence with the bike on this track,” confirmed a cheerful Casas at the end of a very warm day at Barber Motorsport Park.  “The bike feels good settings wise, and the adjustments we have made so far have helped.

“I need to work more on the blind corners, and the braking areas, there is so much going on with this track,” confirmed 18-year-old Casas of the hilly, 16 turn venue.  “Some of the turns I’m still lacking confidence; that really affects your lap time on a blind section of this track.

“If I can pick up some corner speed, I know I’ll gain some confidence,” continued the 2018 Pro Middleweight Canadian number one plate holder.  “The I can really focus on riding with other people and picking up some pointers; so far I have been by myself.  That will be a focus of Qualifying tomorrow.

“Overall, it was a lot of fun for my first day.  My goal is to make it all the way through the weekend, not to crash, to ride all the time in every session and race and get the greatest opportunity to learn.  I want to stay within my limits.”

The first 600cc class race for Ortt and Casas is schedule for 2:25 tomorrow afternoon, with the initial KTM spec race including title contender Dumas slated for the end of the day Saturday at 4:35.        

Friday, 15 September 2017 18:30 Published in News


Riedmann to race RR version of ZX-10 in 2017

@CanadaKawasaki •@cdnsuperbike •(December 20, 2016)- The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR is a new, special, limited edition model, already available for order at Kawasaki dealers in Canada.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016 16:04 Published in News


Motovan and Liqui Moly Join Mopar Canadian Superbike Series

For immediate Release | Friday, March 11, 2016 | Motovan Corporation, a Canadian distributor, exporter and manufacturer of motorcycle, motocross, ATV and snowmobile parts and accessories, will become a major partner in the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship in 2016. Motovan has agreed to a two-year deal with the CSBK tour, becoming the official powersports partner of the national championship road racing series for the next two seasons. Mopar CSBK recently announced that the series’ feature races will be shown on TSN, The Sports Network, in 2016.

“This is a great opportunity for the CSBK Series and Motovan,” explained Motovan’s Marketing Project Leader David Bond. “We are motivated by new products and initiatives at Motovan, and we look forward to this kind of approach in our support of the Mopar CSBK Series. We’re defiantly focused on growth.”

Motovan will support a number of important new programs within the CSBK series, including a $30,000 retail fund aimed at supporting series products through contests, at-track giveaways and similar programs, associated and activated through social media, web and venue engagements.

One of the central elements of Motovan’s involvement will include Liqui Moly, the famed German company that focuses on oils, lubricants and additives. Liqui Moly Motorbike is exclusively distributed in Canada by Motovan. Liqui Moly becomes the title sponsor for the Pro Sport Bike class, allowing new focus on the middleweight DOT street-bike-based racing division.

Founded in Germany over 50 years ago, Liqui Moly is one of Europe’s leading brands of lubricants as well as fuel and oil additives.

For 2016, Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike will get next day, flag-to-flag web video broadcast for all six events. As well, the year end points fund payout for the top finishers on the Pro Sport Bike tour will double to $13,000 thanks to the support of Motovan and Liqui Moly.

Kenny Riedmann will wear the No. 1 plate on his Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja in Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike in 2016, having earned the class crown aboard Triumph equipment the past two CSBK seasons.

Other products distributed by Motovan Corporation that will be utilized in the 2016 Mopar CSBK Series includes Drift cameras, a mainstay of the series’ video and television coverage. Other featured Motovan products include Ogio gear bags, Rockwell watches and Olympia clothing. Further releases will cover these programs.

“We’re all really excited to have Motovan on board,” said Colin Fraser, President of series owners Professional Motorsports Productions. “There are lots of good programs in the pipeline, and Motovan shares our goal: to continue to improve and develop the national championships.”

The 2016 Mopar CSBK National Series tour opens at fan-friendly Shannonville Motorsport Park, east of Belleville, ON, May 27-29.

Friday, 11 March 2016 17:39 Published in Industry News


Canadian champ Kenny Riedmann makes strong Bold D’Or Debut

@cdnsuperbike v @KennyRiedmann42 •  Canadian Kenny Riedmann did more than just survive the79th running of the Bol D’Or 24 hour classic endurance event, held at Circuit Paul Richard in the South of France last weekend, September 19 and 20.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:57 Published in Reports, Results & Points


Breaking news: Riedmann ready to rock at Bol D'Or in France!

Reigning and two-time Hindle Pro Sport Bike CSBK national champion Kenny Riedmann will compete aboard an Atomic Motorsport Suzuki GSX-R1000 this weekend in the Superstock class at the famed 24 Hour Bol D’Or event at Circuit Paul Ricard in the south of France.

Riedmann’s best lap in the second qualifying session put his team 21st overall, and 11th in class, for the start of the race on Saturday, September 19. His effort is considered a strong debut since Riedmann is new to this type of racing, as well as the bike, team and venue.

Riedmann is expected to be the “clean-up hitter,” riding third in the three-man rotation, usually with worn tires. Each stint is expected to last in the 45 minute range, the fuel range poor at Circuit Paul Richard thanks to the mandated 24 litre gas tank and very high speed straightaway. Regular Riedmann tuner Scott Cameron is on hand from Canada to assist with the Atomic Suzuki program.

Riedmann indicated through his father, former racer Roland, that the bike is detuned compared to his regular Mopar CSBK Superbike Kawasaki, no surprise given the demanding nature of the day and night event. The two-time Hindle Pro Sport Bike Champ for Triumph also had to adjust to starting each session with the machine fully loaded with fuel.

This year’s event marks the 79th running of the Bol D'Or, a French classic, returning to the Mediterranean coast near Le Castellet. Originally held at Le Mans, the event moved to Circuit Paul Richard in the 1970s, then more recent to Mangy-Cours. This is the first time the Bol has run at its most famous host venue, Paul Richard, in 15 years.

The venue is 5.861 kms in length, including a famously long Mistral straight than covers 1.3 km and allows the big bikes to run on full throttle for 13 seconds. The track is famous for warm weather and a crazy party atmosphere.

Riedmann’s team, listed on the score sheets as “Atomic 68,” includes regular FIM Endurance World Championship competitors Stephane Egea and Giovanni Bussei. In qualifying, the three turned best laps within a few tenth of each other: Riedmann at 2:02.6, Egea at 2:02.9 and Bussei with a lap at 2:03 flat.

At the front of the 51-team field is the works Kawasaki SRC Superbike class squad of famous veterans Gregory Leblanc/Mathieu Lagrive/Fabian Foret took pole at 1:58.2, followed by the Yamaha factory entry of Yamaha Monster YART, ridden by Broc Parkes/Max Neukirchner/Sheridan Morais at 1:58.490, Yamaha GMT94 third overall with a lap at 1:58.8. Honda Endurance Racing will start fourth while the factory Suzuki is fifth, followed by two BMWs, the second the top Superstock entry at seventh overall.

Friday, 18 September 2015 13:43 Published in Reports, Results & Points


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